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Received a harassing private message?

Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:58 pm

Over the past few months I've become aware of at least one user that has been creating new forum accounts with the sole purpose to send harassment PMs to random forum members. These e-mails are usually one sentence long with some form of profanity in them. If you've received such PMs but haven't told me, please do so, especially if they aren't from the following accounts:

Lx5500, Av3500, Utube545, or El3500 (These accounts and the IPs used to post from them have been banned already).

Please also let me know if you receive harassing PMs or e-mails from regular forum users and they don't stop upon request. I've banned several users in the past for failing to stop harassing other members. This is something that won't be tolerated.

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Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:04 pm

Geez, I hate this breed of troll. :evil:
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Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:11 pm

Under normal circumstances, I'd usually say that derfunk sent PMs soliciting sex but since this is a sensitive topic, I'd rather stfu.

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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:20 am

Another user has been banned: je1900. Please let me know if you receive harassing messages. Thanks.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:18 pm

The banning continues: lz645. Someone is having a bit too much fun with proxies.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:48 pm

Are these PM's personal attacks, or just nonsensical ramblings of profanity?
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:19 pm

The later.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:30 pm

Heh. That's actually kind of funny. Whose life is so pathetic that they send random profane private messages to people on forums? :lol:
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:37 pm

Vrock wrote:
Heh. That's actually kind of funny. Whose life is so pathetic that they send random profane private messages to people on forums? :lol:

That was my thought. I think I'd be far more likely to be amused than to feel harassed.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:19 pm

Another one added to the list: hk520.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:36 am

Kevin wrote:
Another one added to the list: hk520.
Yeah I got one from him.
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:03 pm

Once again: ba6300.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:26 pm

Are these PMs coming from any predictable IP ranges, or just from random proxies or something?
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:36 pm

Got to be random or they would have been banned and forgot about a long time ago.
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:44 pm

Hance wrote:
Got to be random or they would have been banned and forgot about a long time ago.

Well it could be random enough that banning them would work, but probably have a lot of collateral damage in the form of banning legitimate users. For instance, my posts might come from many different IPs (they don't in reality) but you could easily ban my ISP's range, but it would ban anyone that used my ISP or lived in my town. On the other hand if they are proxies, you're pretty much screwed as far as trying to stop them, as they will just switch to another proxy.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:54 pm

In the infamous Jessica Alba thread, Kevin said the spam posts were coming from all over. I believe he said they have banned some ranges that seem particularly problematic, but as long as their are pwned machines out there or open relay/proxies, it's going to continue to be a problem.
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:12 pm

For these accounts that are sending PMs, the IPs all seem to be proxies.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:44 pm

If they are indeed from proxies, then it is reasonable to suspect it is from the same user or users from the same group.

I think the best means to deal with Rats are just ignore them.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:23 pm

Krogoth wrote:
If they are indeed from proxies, then it is reasonable to suspect it is from the same user or users from the same group.

I think the best means to deal with Rats are just ignore them.


You already posted that... :D
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:15 am

And another: Hk680.

EDIT: Complaint generator posts have been split out to this thread. Let's keep this thread for actual reports of harassing PMs. Thanks.

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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:33 am

Add jk605 to the list.
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:02 am

There is a pattern here, the user adds digit in the end of his ID... Wait a min i also have digit in my user id as well.. :lol:

EDIT: On serious note yeah i do have a digit in my ID :oops:
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:46 pm

Couple more banned tonight: ba870 and ba890.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:53 pm

kj790 is banned.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Sat May 03, 2008 5:26 am

"kz675" decided he's had it and sent me a number of troll PMs with certain expletives.
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Sat May 03, 2008 8:09 am

Meadows wrote:
"kz675" decided he's had it and sent me a number of troll PMs with certain expletives.

Don't understand the point of it all. 12 hours back, creates the account, sends harassing PMs to a (or many) member(s), and ends up getting banned. All over within 24 hours. So, what's the point? :S
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:29 pm

Here's another Kh650
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:53 pm

It would be amusing to have a sort of virtualized TR message system, such that anybody signing up with a username fitting alpha-alpha-digit-digit-digit never has his messages delivered but instead gets responses randomly generated by the server to look like something vaguely insulting that appears to be coming from the user he mailed. He then responds to those, and around it goes in a little isolated circle of insanity, while no one else even notices (except perhaps the mods who get to watch this midget-vs-Eliza battle).
 
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:55 pm

UberGerbil wrote:
It would be amusing to have a sort of virtualized TR message system, such that anybody signing up with a username fitting alpha-alpha-digit-digit-digit never has his messages delivered but instead gets responses randomly generated by the server to look like something vaguely insulting that appears to be coming from the user he mailed. He then responds to those, and around it goes in a little isolated circle of insanity, while no one else even notices (except perhaps the mods who get to watch this midget-vs-Eliza battle).

Instead of random, we could pick messages sent by others in that clan.
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Re: Received a harassing private message?

Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:03 pm

Kevin wrote:
For these accounts that are sending PMs, the IPs all seem to be proxies.


If you post the IPs of the proxies the person has been using, it may be possible to figure out if they are going to a particular site, then you could ban the IP ranges involved. Just a thought.

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